The best shoot-'em-up for any platform, ever.
I doubt even The Reap
is better than this one; Tyrian is by far the best, most advanced and funniest vertical shooter ever to be developed.
Designed by one of my favorite trackers, Alexander Brandon
, this game features delightful graphics, wonderful soundtrack (especially with more advanced sound boards), a genuinely awesome and amazingly fast game engine. What truly makes this game unique, though, is its insane sense of humour - starting with the plot, which is practically mad and filled with bizarre twists, turns and characters. Secrets abound in Tyrian - there are at least a dozen secret levels (some more secret than others) and Version 2.0 adds weird subgames (Zinglon's Ale etc.) which add a lot to the replay value. The game also features from its first version secret subgames (Engage, Ninja etc.) which also add a lot to it, and the jukebox in the setup is simply astonishing.
In short, a perfect game which deserved a lot more than it got.
The only caveat in this game is its inability to run on anything stronger than a Pentium. It constantly crashes on my P2, which is a shame, shame indeed.
The Bottom Line
A great classic, best shooter ever, the first game for which I put Raptor